Barriers to the implementation of environmental management practices by specialist accommodation operations in Far North Queensland

Carmody, Julie, and Zeppel, Heather (2006) Barriers to the implementation of environmental management practices by specialist accommodation operations in Far North Queensland. In: Proceedings of the 10th Annual Environmental Postgraduate Conference 2006, pp. 40-47. From: ERE Environmental Research Event 2006: Environment working together - a multi-disciplinary approach, 10-13 December 2006, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

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Abstract

This paper discusses the situational variables affecting the implementation of environmental management practices by specialist (or boutique) accommodation operators located near protected areas in Far North Queensland. The styles of accommodation included in the study are owner-operated bed & breakfasts, farm stays, cottages and cabins, licensed public hotels, ecolodges, retreats and spas, caravan and camping parks, backpacker hostels and houseboat operations. The environmental management practices examined within the study are water conservation, energy management, liquid waste and solid waste management, sustainable design and other sustainable practices. From a survey sample of 101 specialist accommodation operations, 30 owners were personally interviewed at their establishment to better understand key factors affecting the implementation of environmental management practices for conservation and sustainability. These findings are related to the Framework of Environmental Behaviour (Barr, 2004). Environmental management techniques that are both simple and cost-effective are often implemented by specialist accommodation operators. However, situational factors such as cost, lack of knowledge, climatic conditions, available municipal infrastructure and legislation appear to impede the uptake of some sustainable management practices. This research is part of a wider doctoral study examining the environmental attitudes and ecological sustainability of specialist accommodation operators located near protected areas in Far North Queensland.

Item ID: 4334
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: tourism; environmental management techniques; framework of environmental behaviour; North Queensland; specialist accommodation operations
ISBN: 0-86443-781-1
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2009 23:59
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150603 Tourism Management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900303 Tourism Infrastructure Development @ 100%
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